8 Self-Care Ideas for The Summer 40

8 Self-Care Ideas for The Summer

The following article is a guest post.

When was the last time you gave yourself a little grace?

What that means is simply choosing to treat yourself with the same care, kindness, and willingness you treat other people you have relationships with, be they friends, family, or spouses.

So many of us are much harder on ourselves than we would be on anybody else.

While setting goals and holding yourself accountable is important to success, beating yourself up and squashing moments of vulnerability and feeling ‘less than’ can take you two steps back.

Self-care plays an important role in showering yourself with love and attention, and this doesn’t mean using all your savings up on a shopping spree. Self-care is much more basic than that, and there is no better time to dive into it than summer.

Check out these fun and creative self-care ideas:

Get Some Sun.

Soaking up some rays shouldn’t be a simple afterthought of your pre-scheduled summer plans like going to a festival or taking a hike.

Laying out or even simply sitting on your porch with the sun shining in, embracing the warmth and light, beckons reflection and actually boosts your health.

Your body converts the sun’s rays into Vitamin D which helps your cells absorb calcium to keep bones strong as well as potentially helps prevent some chronic diseases.

Of course, practice good sun safety and wear sunscreen and protective gear for extended sun exposure.

Try Yoga.

Self-care truly finds itself in mindfulness-cultivating practices like yoga.

Integrating gentle stretching, reinforcing poses, deep breathing, and meditation, yoga practice helps practitioners feel both healthier as well as more positive and less stressed.

Based on foundational principles of self-awareness and kindness, yoga is a self-care practice which can be done at home (stream free instructional videos online) or at a studio or gym near you.

Self-Soothe.

When work, relationships, and the general chaos of the world around you starts to seep in, self-soothing can play an important role in helping you feel in control, calm, and and strong.

A gentle foot massage with your favorite lotion, a warm bubble bath, listening to relaxing music – all of these simple, small actions can add up to a big difference in your own perspective of self-love and worth.

Color.

Bring some color into your space this summer by, well, coloring!

This seeming ‘fad’ is sticking around as coloring has proven to be a calming, enjoyable activity for adults which also helps reduce stress.

By tapping into the creative and artistic side of the brain, coloring helps kids of all ages concentrate on positive thoughts and images while they themselves create something beautiful.

Take it up a notch by hosting a coloring party with friends where you can color, eat, and enjoy one another’s company together.

Aromatherapy.

Scents have a powerful ability to affect mood, concentration, and memory.

Try a little aromatherapy this summer by burning a candle with a scent you love while you go about daily chores, or diffuse essential oils with an aroma diffuser (look online or in most big box stores).

Essential oils including lavender, sandalwood, and frankincense have been shown to aid feelings of stress, depression, and anxiety while peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and sage promote focus, mental clarity, and memory.

Play.

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When was the last time you played? Not an instrument, not a sport, but just fun, goofy, uninhibited play?

Maybe it’s rolling around with your dog on the floor, joining your kids on the playground, or being completely and totally silly with your partner.

For many adults, they miss out on the fun of play because they are so caught up with “adulting’ and self-medicating to handle all the adulting. Play can be quite freeing and even for just a few minutes a day, can spark a new love of life.

Address Pain.

Get around to giving yourself a little relief from chronic pain – whether it’s in your back, your wrist, your mind, you name it.

Maybe it’s finally seeing a doctor about your knee pain, getting a massage for your back pain, scheduling a counseling session with a therapist, or saying no to your constant wrist pain and springing for the best carpal tunnel brace you can find.

Pain can weigh on you more than you know, and when you cut yourself some slack and take steps towards finding real relief, you’ll feel lifted like never before.

Volunteer.

It may not sound the most altruistic, but helping others does wonders for helping yourself.

In addition to aiding others and giving back to your community, the very act of positively impacting another person’s life fosters a sense of purpose, confidence, and basically, gives you warm fuzzies.

Don’t have time to volunteer? Donate to a charity instead or find a blood donation event near you and sign up to save lives.

Self-care doesn’t have to be giant, sweeping acts of loving yourself. Even the smallest actions, committed with intention and grace, can add up to a big difference for YOU this summer.

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.